Murdstones in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations
I think the Murdstones are the two main villains in the story.
Mr.Murdstone, step dad of David, he is evil, cruel and treats David
harshly. He hates David and wants him out of the way. Mrs Murdstone,
sister of Mr.Murstone also vicious and self-centred. Both of them
together ruin the early childhood of David and have control of the
Copperfield family. The sheer evilness of the Murdstones resulted in
the death of David's mother-Clara, although at one point he did love
Clara, but her pretty house and her income probably added to her
attractions in his eye. I think worst of all the Murdstones tormented
David both physically and psychologically.
Dickens is very clever in describing the appearance of the Murdstones,
it very much relates to their ruthlessness. He describes the eyes of
Mr.Murdstones as "â€¦. with his ill-omened black eyesâ€¦." Already we are
given a warning of impending disaster from the looks of his eyes.
". Shallow black eyeâ€¦an eye that has no depth in it to be looked into"
This just shows the wretched character he is. As much as I hate the
character, I noticed that Dickens have put a touch of gentleness to
the character of Mr.Murdstone. This is stated when David notices his
"â€¦In spite of my misgivings, a very handsome man." I think this
description is very cleverly done. It makes the character more real
and life like so we can relate to. It emphasizes "never judge the book
by its cover".
Miss.Murdstone, sister of Mr.Murstone, doesn't perform well either,
". Gloomy-looking lady she was: dark, like her brotherâ€¦" This shows
the similarities of the characters, not only connected by blood, but
also by appearance and by heart.
Jane Murdstone is stronger, colder, and more heartless than her
brother. Dickens makes her seem inhuman by comparing her to metallic
objects, especially locks, chains, and prisons. In a society where a
spinster is a dependent creature, she uses her power over her brother
to secure a home for herself.
"â€¦Hard lack boxesâ€¦" "Hard brass nail."
". Hard steel purseâ€¦" ". Jail of a bagâ€¦."
". Heavy chain." ". Metallic lady."
All the above quotes describe the 'characters' of the things she carry
and how they resemble her. The word "hard" have come up several times
and so has anything that has got to do with it. This just shows how
much wickedness she posses only in her belongings.
I think the main feature in which Dickens expresses that really brings
out the villainous of the characters are the things they do. Ever
since entering the Copperfield household they have been controlling